Master of Arts in International Relations (English taught)
Master of Arts in Internationa

The MA in International Relations (IR) offers a specialization in International Political Economy and Chinese Foreign Affairs. The programme takes full advantage of Beijing’s cultural and academic dimensions and its increasing role in international economics, politics, and social issues.

Upon their graduation, our students are qualified to pursue a wide range of careers in the field of International Relations, including work for national governments and a wide range of IGOs and NGOs. The program includes core coursework that covers the fundamentals of IR theory, research methods in IR, the workings of the global economy, and an overview of global security issues with a particular emphasis on China’s engagement in the international arena. In addition to the core classes, students have the opportunity to join the conferences and lectures organized by SIR as well as other extracurricular activities organized by major think tanks in Beijing, allowing them to develop in-depth knowledge in their chosen research tracks. During the fourth semester, the MA candidates are expected to write an MA thesis, as their core research, under the supervision of a SIR academic.

The curriculum ensures that graduates emerge with a comprehensive perspective on international issues and a clear understanding of the means by which these issues are researched, discussed, and acted upon. SIR puts a strong emphasis on developing an applied expertise during the Master programme. The final MA thesis, which each student must orally defend before a panel of faculty members, reflects such an emphasis.

The programme’s balance of intellectual and theoretical mastery with hands-on Chinese core perspectives of IR prepares you for a successful professional life, not only as an IR specialist but as a fine connoisseur of China’s international commitments, priorities and perspectives.
Starting Date

September each year

2 years. In well-grounded cases, such as following an exchange programme overseas, the Master programme could be extended up to 4 years.

Though the application can also be done through the CSC [provide link], SIR strongly encourages the prospective students to apply directly.  

The prospective candidates will be screened according to their learning performance, motivation for the study of International Relations, leadership qualities and extracurricular activities.

Additionally, applicants must hold an accredited Bachelor's degree in International Relations, Political Science, Law or any other related major. Students who do not meet these minimum requirements, if otherwise admissible, may be assigned additional coursework in excess of degree requirements specified at the time of admission. Excellent personal and academic qualifications are required. Cultural factors are considered in the evaluation process.

A certificate of English-language proficiency or certificate of attendance of previous English-taught academic programmes may be required for non-native speakers.

The Application process through UIBE’s School of International Education is thoroughly described here [provide link to UIBE SIE]. The Application process through CSC may differ according to the country. Further inquiries on the application process can be directly addressed to SIE at [insert the email address] or sent through the China Scholarship Council [ link to CSC Website].

Prospective students willing to apply for SIR’s MA Programme in IR through UIBE’s School of International Education should submit their complete applications before May each year.

The courses are taught entirely in English. For the students willing to study Chinese language, the School of International Education offers a range of language courses which could be followed in parallel with your MA studies.

The course is divided between compulsory and elective courses. The minimum credits requirement is 30, out of which 15 are granted for compulsory courses, at least 12 for elective courses and 3 for the Masters’ dissertation.

Compulsory Courses
Theories and Methods in Political Science
Theories of International Relations
Seminar on China’s Politics
Seminar on China’s Foreign Diplomacy
International Political Economics
Elective Courses
Advanced Studies on Comparative Politics
Foreign Policy Analysis
Advanced Studies on International Relations
China in Transition: A Perspective of Political Economy
International Institutions and Organizations
The European Union in the World
Politics and Foreign Diplomacy of the United States
Politics and Foreign Diplomacy of Japan
Politics and Foreign Diplomacy of Russia
Developing Countries in International Relations
China's Foreign Economic Relations
China’s Rise and Its Soft Power
Energy and Environmental Diplomacy
International Strategies
Globalization and Global Governance
International Conflict and Crisis Management
International Negotiations
International Development

The Dissertation is considered the capstone of the Masters programme and should emphasize the candidates’ ability to conduct independent research in the field of International Relations. The master thesis will be written in English and contain between 6,000 and 8,000 words.

The thesis is expected to be submitted during the fourth semester, before March 10 of the graduation year. For more information on the expected structure of the thesis and other academic requirements, kindly ask our International Office for the “UIBE Graduate Thesis Review and Defense Requirements”.

The annual tuition fee is RMB50,000. Multiple scholarship opportunities are presented in the Scholarship Section [provide link].